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I've never traveled, and will be taking my first plane trip (at least, that I can recall, my parents moved me around as a baby somehow) this November, but I have to ask -- has airport security ALWAYS been this nuts?

Laura Adiele was in Shoreline, WA, waiting to board a plane to take her to Texas.  Here's a picture of her:



What's the point of posting a picture of her?  You'll see in a minute.

She had already been through the Advanced Imaging System and was waiting in the line when she was pulled out and told she had to submit to a pat-down.  She spread her arms out and was informed, "'No, we're going to have to examine your hair."

Adiele noticed plenty of other women with big hair and ponytails that were not being examined.  Oh, and they were white.  "I said, 'No, we're not going to do that today, and you're going to have to get security or your supervisor.'"

Is it discrimination, or is it just blatant stupidity?  Maybe it's both.  I mean, remember my post about the guy with the suitcase full of pistol primers who somehow got through airport security and on the plane and was only discovered when someone threw his bag on the ground?  Toothpaste or shampoo could be a bomb (what, is James Bond on the plane?).  Remove your shoes, but plenty of other questionable items get through all the time.  Removing diapers.

I quote Ripley in Aliens -- did IQ's drop appreciably while I was gone?

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